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Tag: Matrimony

How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members

November 15, 2015 21 Comments
How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members

I was out on the preaching circuit this past week and spoke at five parishes (including my own) on the biblical vision of Holy Matrimony (marriage) as set forth by God and the Church. The talks were sponsored by the pro-life group Defend Life. While I cannot succinctly reproduce the talk in today’s blog, I […]

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Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

October 11, 2015 68 Comments
Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

A 2012 report on men and marriage by the Pew Research Center shows statistically what many of us have noticed anecdotally: men are finding marriage less desirable than in the past and are now marrying later, if at all. In today’s post I want to present some excerpts from a hard-hitting article that appeared at […]

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“In Sickness and in health,”as seen in a powerful cartoon.

January 24, 2014 6 Comments
“In Sickness and in health,”as seen in a powerful cartoon.

The video below has a scary side to it. Although it is a cartoon, I do not recommended for the youngest children, simply because it is scary. But its message is an important one on several different levels First, its title “In sickness…” is a reminder of one of the aspects of the marital vow, […]

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Some Sober Reflection on Matrimony, Sexuality and the Family. A Call to Prayer for the Upcoming Synod.

December 15, 2013 51 Comments
Some Sober Reflection on Matrimony, Sexuality and the Family. A Call to Prayer for the Upcoming Synod.

We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome. In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about […]

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A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

December 5, 2013 33 Comments
A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

Some of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. I like doing that as it imposes a kind of disciplined writing on me, where I must answer questions very briefly, in about 400 words or less. A question recently came in about a topic that I have […]

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Four Factors That Fuel the Crisis in Marriage and Family

December 2, 2013 119 Comments
Four Factors That Fuel the Crisis in Marriage and Family

Many of you are aware that there is an Extraordinary Synod planned in Rome on the family.   There is surely no hiding the fact that the family is in real crisis, at least in the modern Western World, if not throughout many other parts as well. We do well to ponder the reasons and […]

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A Downturn Described And a Way Back Prescribed – On the Shocking Decline in the Number of Marriages

October 13, 2010 35 Comments

I was ordained just over 21 years ago. In those days, I used to have a lot more marriages and baptisms. In fact, my calendar was usually quite full from May – July with weddings.  Sometimes I would have two weddings on one Saturday. There was real competition for a bride to get her date. […]

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An”Unpopular”Teaching on Marriage

August 23, 2009 23 Comments

OK, so many of you who went to Mass today hear the “Infamous”  line:  Wives  should be subordinate to their Husbands as to the Lord. For the Husband is the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is the Head of the Church…so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything; (Eph […]

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